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Triumph and Tradegy

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2011 by brianestover

It’s with a heavy heart that I start this blog post. One of the Accelerate 3 athletes lost her son this week. Losing a family member is always a tragedy especially when they are only 23. My condolences go out to Noreen and her family in this difficult time.

On the racing side, it’s turned into a pretty good weekend. Cory finished IM St. George in a new PB dropping 28 minutes off his Ironman PB. His effort netted him his first trip to the medical tent ever post race. A double congratulations go out for his efforts. IM St. George is considered one of the hardest IM courses in the world. This is the second year in a row Cory has lowered his IM PB on this course. Last year was a 50 minute PB, this year was a 28 minute PB. That’s not shabby at all!

James finished fifth overall at the White Lake Half today in NC. They cancelled the swim keeping his streak alive of swims being cancelled for every half he has done this year. This was a bittersweet result for him. Bitter in the fact that he is disappointed that he did not run as fast at Nola 70.3, sweet because even though he never felt on top of his game, he still ran his second fastest half run ever. This race shows he continues to make significant progress towards his goals of racing elite in the next year. Looking towards his late season half’s he is set up to swim a huge PB for the swim portion of a half, if they let him swim.

I raced up in Phoenix at the Iron Gear Sports triathlon. Which may not have been the smartest thing I’ve ever done. I woke up with a sore throat but raced anyway. A decent swim had me out in 7th but a blazing fast transition put me on the bike course in 4th position. Historically my transitions have been ok if not a bit on the slow side of fast. But this year I’ve started the bike or run legs at many a race thinking “holy shit I was in and out of there like Superman changing in a phone booth.” My bike was the 5th fastest on the day and left me in 2nd overall starting the run and ahead of third by about a minute. Unfortunately my lack of run speed was evident by my plummet down the results sheet faster then a hooker taking off her clothes. I dropping six spots losing the majority of those spots over the last 2km.

A wiped out Coach Brian

The Decision was….

Posted in Triathlon with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2011 by brianestover

There was no decision. I didn’t have to choose a wet suit. It rained in Phoenix the day before the race. A lot. .02 inches. Which for Phoenix is close to biblical flooding. When it rains that much, they test the water in Tempe Town Lake. Those results take 24 hours to get back. They tested Saturday at 10am. Race time was Sunday at 7am. Phoenix, we have a problem.

The Race Directors made the swim into a 5k run. Which was good. I was a little behind for the week in running frequency and miles. A 5k/25 mile/10k duathlon will go further to make up the lack of running then a triathlon will.

I ended up 5th overall for the men. 2:02:50. After the first run I was in 11th place, but left T1 in 7th place. Rocked the bike with the third fastest split, left T2 3rd overall and with a pedestrian 40:08 10k lost 2 spots. But since they did wave starts all I really know is it was very crowded in the last 1.5 miles. There were a lot of people right at the 3 minute stagger ahead of me and it was going to be iffy as to who beat whom. All I really knew was I was leading my wave, was getting pressure from behind and I was running scared.

Leading the Charge

My wave was the guys 35-44. The gun went off and since the start was up a small hill I cruised the start. Didn’t take me long to find myself in the lead which was exactly where I did not want to be. Soon a group of five of us formed. At the first turn, I surged a little and now there were 4. At the next turn I surged a little and now there were three. Shortly after that Brandon surged and now we were 2. I tucked in behind him and held the 2 yard gap for a bit. He surged again just past the mile marker and now he was by himself. After that he pulled away over the rest of the run. I think he was :20 in front heading into T1. I passed him there and never relinquished the lead in my wave. On the second run, he was about 1 minute behind me. With 1 mile to go he got with in :10 before fear took over and shifted my running up a gear.

On the Bike

This is the first time in ~ 20 years I haven’t broken 18:00 for 5k. I’m a little worried especially now that I’m racing masters. I’m also worried that I’ve become a one trick pony. Hang in for the run, ride everyone into the ground and hope I’ve gotten enough room to hang on. Certainly that needs to change. For you power geeks 25.2 miles in 62:25 AP 231. My power output confirms that my position on the bike is pretty solid and aero, at least I think so. Now if only I could get some solid wattage output.

I need to sit or fall over